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NBA predictions and betting odds: bet on a slow start from Memphis

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With the All-Star break in the rear-view mirror we dive back into the NBA betting odds for a slew of matchups tonight, highlighted by one of the league’s hottest (and most exciting teams) as Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies head to Sacramento to take on the Kings. 

Our analyst Monique Vag sizes up the NBA betting lines, including pointspreads, totals and props, and gives her best predictions for Thursday’s NBA action.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS AT DETROIT PISTONS

 

MISMATCH IN MOTOWN

The Bucks are 13-point road favorites as they take on the Pistons. Milwaukee has won 10 straight in the head-to-head versus Detroit, and has covered the spread eight times throughout that stretch.

With the Pistons slumping offensively losing eight of their last 10 games and being held under 100 points four times throughout that stretch, expect Milwaukee to take care of business and cover the large spread on the road.

MIAMI HEAT AT ATLANTA HAWKS

 

HEAT COOLING OFF?

The Heat are 6.5-point favorites as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. Miami has won three straight in the head-to-head by an average score of 117-105.

Before the break, the Heat had some offensive struggles shooting under 45 percent in seven of their last 10 games. The Hawks on the other hand have averaged 123.7 points over their last three games and are capable of keeping things close. Take the Hawks getting 6.5-points.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS AT CHICAGO BULLS

 

LACK OF FIREPOWER

The lowest game total of the night is set at 211 between the Bulls and Hornets. These are two of the lower scoring teams in the Association with Chicago ranking 25th with 106.4 points a game, and the Hornets dead last with 102.9.

The Bulls are still too shorthanded to trust, with Lauri Markannen, Otto Porter Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. among several other players still listed as out on the injury report. The Hornets have not been able to find an offensive groove, being held to 100 points or fewer in seven of their last 10. Look for both teams to continue to struggle putting up points, and bet Under the game total of 211.

BROOKLYN NETS AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

 

FILLING AN OFFENSIVE VOID

Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert has finally started to round back into form after missing some time away due to injury. He’s logged 20 or more points in four of his last five games and has attempted 20 field goals three times throughout that stretch.

With Kyrie Irving out of the lineup with a shoulder injury and LeVert shooting well, expect a big impact on the offensive end versus the 76ers today. The volume of attempts will surely be there, so take the Over 17.5 on his points total.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES AT SACRAMENTO KINGS

 

SLOW OUT OF THE GATE

The Grizzlies have won eight of their last 10 games overall and 10 of their last 12 versus Western Conference opponents. Despite their recent success, they are only 1.5-point road favorites tonight against the Kings.

Expect points to be difficult to come by early on, as both teams have gotten off to slow starts recently. The Grizzlies, who are typically high scoring, average only 53.8 first half points away from home, while the Kings put up just 52.3 first half ppg at home – ranking them 27th overall. Look for another slow start out of both sides, and bet Under the first half total of 112.5.

Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook

MLB picks and predictions for Opening Day

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It was a long and scary road, but we finally get MLB betting back on Thursday, July 23. Opening Day of the pandemic-shortened 60-game baseball schedule is headlined by a pair of matchups, with the New York Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers rekindling their rivalry with the San Francisco Giants.

Like we do each MLB season (COVID-19 or not), we’ll be taking a swing at today’s baseball odds and giving our best MLB picks and predictions. Up first: Opening Day 2020.

MLB picks for today

New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was supposed to miss the start of the season back in the spring, but the delay to the 2020 campaign allowed the outfielder to heal up from broken ribs and return to his longball-launching self.

Judge looked great in New York’s warmup games, albeit for a limited number of at-bats. He went 3-for-7 with all three hits leaving the ballpark. And he wasn’t alone, with the Yankees’ other power bats providing plenty of pop around him in the order. He’ll get a chance to go yard again on Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Aaron Judge home run (+210)

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants are no strangers to Clayton Kershaw, who has long dominated the Dodgers’ divisional foes. In 49 career appearances against San Francisco, The Claw is 23-12 with a 1.74 ERA and has allowed just 0.71 hits per innings pitched in those starts.

The Giants don’t pose much of an offensive threat, averaging 8.22 hits per game in 2019. San Francisco has managed 45 total hits in its last eight starts against Kershaw – an average of 0.86 hits per inning faced. Given the Dodgers’ ace looked ready for work in his tune-up efforts, we could see him go seven innings or more on Thursday, panning out to a little over six hits for San Fran.

PREDICTION: Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)

Mookie Betts has reportedly landed a whale of a contract extension with the Dodgers after joining the ballclub this offseason via a trade with the Boston Red Sox. And what better way to lock down that deal than an impressive effort on Opening Day.

Betts recorded 313 total bases in 2019 (30th) and 353 in 2018 (fourth). He’s been swinging well in training sessions this offseason: in 27 at-bats during the spring/summer schedule, he has 13 total bases, including two doubles and a home run, while hitting leadoff during Summer Camp. We like that to continue into Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)

Top MLB consensus for today

Want to know who today’s biggest MLB betting and consensus bets are right now? Check out our top MLB consensus picks.

Opening Day betting card

  • Aaron Judge home run (+210)
  • Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)
  • Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)